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Preventing Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is common among pilots and other related professionals in the industry of aviation. It is also known as Kinetosis or Travel Sickness. This is a condition wherein a conflict arises between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system’s sense of movement.

The most common symptoms of motion sickness are dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Frequent yawning, being restless and a cold sweat which forms on the upper lip or forehead are some of the first signs of motion sickness. When the symptoms gradually build, an upset stomach will follow and with this, the patient will eventually feel like vomiting.

Motion sickness is normal and common among many people. Prevention is still the best cure for this kind of discomfort.

To prevent motion sickness, doctors are usually telling their patients to watch their food and drink consumption. Sometimes, food and liquids (including alcoholic beverages) will make you feel unusually full and heavy. Here is the list of Do’s and Don’ts to prevent having motion sickness during your travel.

  • In preventing nausea, you should avoid bringing in food that has strong odors.
  • Choose a seat where in you experience less motion. Let’s say in the middle of the plane where it is the calmest area of an airplane.
  • Never sit facing backwards from your direction of travel.
  • Avoid reading while traveling.
  • If possible, open a vent for source of fresh air.
  • Try over-the-counter medicine like Bonine, Antivert, and Dramamine to help in the prevention of having motion sickness.
  • Get enough rest before travel plans. This will help the body to fully recharge itself and handle stressors brought by travelling.
  • Do not smoke and avoid sitting beside people who are smoking.

Motion sickness is common and to prevent it is the best cure. For pilots, they are usually exposed with travelling stressors and are put under pressure. The tips given will make you comfortable during your flights and travels. Prevent motion sickness and make your flight experience a worthwhile one.